Bear and Buffalo

A small straw hut on a field in northwestern Rwanda with Mount Sabinyo on the horizon, an extinct volcano of the Virunga group at the border of Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Uganda.

After writing yesterday’s article about wild bears in Switzerland, I was thinking about the recent trip to Rwanda where farmers also face the problem of wild animals invading their land. Buffaloes and elephants from the near jungle ravage and sometimes even kill people. There’s a stone wall at the border of the rain forest, but […]



Fuorn Pass

Ofen Pass (2149 m) connects the Engadin valley with Val Mustair in Switzerland.

Wild bears haven’t been sighted in Switzerland since 1923. Over the last six years however, several wild brown bears appeared in the area of the Fuorn Pass having crossed the border from Italy. The 2149 meter-high Fuorn Pass (or Ofen Pass in German, meaning furnace) connects the Engadin valley with Val Müstair and is located in the Swiss National Park near the border […]



Nufenen Pass

Nufenen Pass (2478 m) connects the canton of Valais with the canton of Ticino in Switzerland. The steep road has only been opened in 1969. Coming from Ulrichen the West, it has an elevation of 1132 meters with gradients between 9 and 12 percent.

Nufenen Pass is the second highest paved mountain pass in Switzerland reaching an altitude of 2478 meters. Nufenen pass connects the canton of Valais with the canton of Ticino in Switzerland with the road going from Ulrichen to Airolo. The Nufenen Pass The mountain pass has been used for centuries for salt imports from Italy […]



Col d’Izoard

A cyclist climbs the road to Col d'Izoard (2360 m) leading through dramatic rock formations and pinnacles – La Casse Deserte.

Col d’Izoard is a 2360 m mountain pass in the French Alps categorized as an Hors Categorie climb in the Tour de France. Le Tour first climbed the Col d’Izoard in 1922 – in those days over unpaved roads. There is a memorial near the summit commemorating the epic battles between Fausto Coppi and Louison […]



Mont Ventoux

Mont Ventoux

Mont Ventoux (1912 m) in the Provence is a lonely giant with a white head of bare limestone without any vegetation. The classic climb from Bédoin has an elevation gain of 1551 meters over 21.3 kilometers and attracts amateur cyclists from all over the world. The stretch through the forest to Chalet Reynard is hard […]



Tremola Road to Gotthard Pass

The St. Gotthard alpine mountain pass connects the northern part of Switzerland with the Italian-speaking southern part.

The St. Gotthard alpine mountain pass connects the northern part of Switzerland with the Italian-speaking southern part. The old Tremola road from Airolo to the St. Gotthard Pass at 2106 meter height in the Swiss alps was constructed between 1827 and 1832. The serpentines are paved with granite stones. The Tour de Suisse has crossed the […]